Clara Boettcher Mallmann is a Brazilian citizen and grew up in a small town in the south of Brazil. She is nineteen-years-old and is currently studying neuroscience at DePauw University, Indiana. Clara has always been passioned for fighting inequalities causes not only in her home country but also around the world. When she heard about PF she had no doubt that it was the perfect fit for her and her willingness to make a difference. Here, at Rocinha, Clara is applying her science background to develop our STEM Project. By connecting chemistry with fun activities, she is hoping to teach our students basic nomenclature of materials in English. Furthermore, because of her Brazilian background, she is hoping to show the young adults from PF that knowing English and being dedicated is what motivated her to study in the United States. By taking advantages of the chances, such as the one that PF is giving, she believes that the children of PF have a greater chance of succeeding in life. Clara also is planning on coming back to PF in the proximate future
Rosanna is a 21 year old languages student from London, currently studying French, Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Nottingham. She is volunteering at Project Favela as part of her year abroad to improve her Portuguese. Additionally, she is really looking forward to experiencing the amazing Brazilian culture and way of life, as well as hopefully being able to see a lasting impact of her work here on the people she is helping.
Hector Bautista comes to Project Favela from Veracruz, Mexico. He holds a B.A degree with a Theatre and Dance combined major from Macalester College. He currently works as a private English tutor and zumba instructor in his hometown. He is very excited to volunteer at Project Favela this summer and hopes to leave a positive impact in the community.
Anisah recently completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Oxford and is now a qualified teacher of English. Before taking up her teaching post in London, she has taken to exploring South America; a culture which she has fallen in love with. Anisah has always been an active advocate of one main ethos: providing education to students from all walks of life. During her time in Rocinha, she hopes to teach lots and learn more, whilst immersing herself in the project and favela life.
Raymond Norris-Lue works for the provincial government in Ontario, Canada. He is the Communications Advisor for the Housing Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, specializing in Web training and social media strategy. He has a passion for running and has completed marathons in Toronto, New York, India and now Brazil! He also has a passion for cooking and has combined both in a series of short YouTube videos entitled “Cooking on the Run” http://bit.ly/1WNJnat. He is a volunteer instructor at the YMCA and volunteered at the Panam Games in Toronto 2015
Marcel lives in Oakland, California and works for the local water utility. In his non-existent spare time, he is a Master's student at Skidmore College interested in the UPP Program. He is excited and humbled to join Project Favela for his first international experience!
Ken is a native Floridian, Texas Longhorn and global nomad. He lived in Philadelphia for 12 years and then 8 years in London. After a long career advising private banks, he left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur, travel and give back. In November 2014, he began a journey around the world with a small backpack, camera and a smile. To date, he’s visited over 70 countries and every continent except Antarctica. Ken wants to help the residents of Rocinha gain skills to improve their daily lives and share meaningful cultural experiences with them. Volunteering with Project Favela has been one the top 5 experiences during his journey.
Laura Seymus is 24 years old. She lives in Antwerpen, Belgium and have studied Specified Psychology; School and Pedagogic psychology. She has been working in Belgium for the last 2 years as a childcare coordinator to help children who have more needs than others (for mathematic, language, behavior, autism,etc) Laura loves to work with children. To work for PF gives the opportunity to work with a team in trying to better the education skills of these kids which can gave the kids for their future a chance to go to college. She is working for PF for almost 3 months. To experience the life and culture of Rocinha by living here, to teach the kids each day and to be a part of the community by getting to know the people, to explore in the weekend Rio and other city’s gave her the opportunity to experience Brazil on his fullest; the rich and the poor, the more and the less. After this experience with PF, Laura want to continue working for NGO’s. By helping others- you help yourself as well
Kristen Hagen is currently a student at The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in International Relations and Global Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies and a track in Culture Media and the Arts. After pursuing Portuguese as her language, she grew passionate about volunteering in the Rio de Janeiro favela known as Rocinha, and immersing herself in a culture that comes together and benefits the community through partnership. While she is eager to teach, she anticipates receiving through her students and peers more than she could possibly give
Jeanine is a 23 year old from Germany and has recently graduated with a degree in Spanish and History. She loves travelling around the world. In Brazil she wanted to know more about the Brazillian culture and especially improve her skills in Portuguese. She decided to join Project Favela because she wanted to be part of the society which includes friendly and beautiful minded people.
Evie is 21 years old, currently a student at the University of Nottingham, studying Spanish and Portuguese. She has spent the last 8 months teaching English in Barcelona and will spend the next 4 months with Project Favela. She is passionate about helping people and thinks languages are extremely important. These are two of the main reasons she chose to work with Project Favela.
Mary A. Overby from the United States is a retired IT Professional with a Master's Degree in Computer Science. She is the mother of two adult daughters and an amateur percussionist who loves to travel. Throughout her life, she has volunteered in a variety of capacities for many different NGO's and charitable organizations around the world. Mary lived and worked in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil for four years where she learned to speak Portuguese. She holds a CELTA certificate to teach English as a Second Language and recently taught English to children at Project Favela in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro. She had a fantastic experience and will be returning for a longer stay this summer.
Charlie is from Bath in the UK. He graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2014 with a degree in Social Anthropology. He first visited Brazil in 2010 during a trip through South and Central America and returned in 2013 to Salvador da Bahia, in order to carry out research into Afro-Brazilian street food. He has spent time working in the charity sector, and is particularly interested in using film and photography to raise awareness of social issues. Charlie joined Project Favela in order to get to know the people of Rocinha, to be a member of their community and to explore a Cidade Maravilhosa.
Emma is a 23 year old New Yorker who has traded in one marvelous city for another! She has a degree in International Studies from Macalester College and work/volunteer experience with youth and artistic development in New York, Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv. A short sojourn in pre-World Cup Rio during her college semester abroad was so impactful that she came back for more. She is extremely excited to get to know the Project Favela community!
Aarti is from London, England and is an undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham studying Hispanic Studies and History and is currently on her year abroad. She adores travelling and hopes to immerse herself in Brazilian culture and improve her Portuguese. She has previously worked with school children in England as well as in Cambodia and acknowledges the importance of knowing other languages. She is passionate about helping local communities so that they have more opportunities for the future and looks forward to working with the children at Project Favela
Natalie is a 21 year old Canadian who wants to make a difference. She decided to come to Project Favela when she first read about the history and poverty cycle of the people from Rocinha. She believes that everyone deserves a chance to better their lives and hopes that one day, one of her students goes to college.
Hannah is a 23 year old from England and has recently graduated with a degree in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. She is taking a year out before returning to the UK to begin her masters. Hannah has lived in Brazil before, volunteering in a small NGO in in Bahia. She is returning to Brazil because she loves Brazilian people and the fascinating Brazilian culture
Alex is from a small northern town in Ontario, Canada and has recently graduated from a french business College. He is 22 years old and his intention is to reach out and help make a diffetence. He wishes to positively impact the lives of children living in Rocinha
Stephany Daal Cohen
Stephany Daal Cohen was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Curaçao and moved to Amsterdam on her own at the age of 17. Since then she has also lived in Estonia and will move to Brussels in the summer of 2016 to pursue a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Currently residing in Rio de Janeiro, Stephany wanted to do something active instead of just traveling and seeing beautiful places. She chose Project Favela mainly because of the challenge it would give her. Life in the favela and teaching children is something she wanted to experience
Lara Rizk-Diab is a 20-year-old student from London studying Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Nottingham. She is currently in Brazil on her year abroad in an attempt to help teach English to the Project Favela kids and to improve her level of Portuguese! Her goal is to leave the favela life having made an impact on these kid’s lives!
Julius is 23 and a student of physics from the University of Edinburgh, currently taking a year-long break from studying. He was inspired to come to South America by his love of latin dancing and travel, and is excited to be able to contribute to the Rocinha community!
Max Tanous is 17 years old. He lives in Sun Valley Idaho in the USA. He is working with the project for 1 month as part of a senior year project at his high school. He came to Brazil last year for 2 weeks, and wanted to come back! He is hoping to experience a new culture and help positively impact the lives of children living in Rocinha.
Dene Owens is an indigenous youth worker from Brisbane Australia. He wanted to come to Rocinha to experience a new culture and help out within the community. It has been a rewarding experience. He will never forget the people that he has met and helped along the way.
Originally from London, Katy is 22 years old and recently joined Project Favela after travelling Costa Rica and Nicaragua with Raleigh International. Having spent the past four years running a marketing department for a corporate property company in London, Katy is keen to spend this year travelling and working with both children and NGO's.
Samara Maya Fog
Samara Maya Fog is a 20-year-old girl from Copenhagen, Denmark. She was an exchange student in São Luís - Maranhão in 2011-2012 and learned Brazilian Portuguese. Prior to her stay in Project Favela, she finished high school and worked in a nursery for 7 months. Therefore, she wanted to combine her knowledge and experiences to teach in Project Favela. Her goal in this project is to hopefully enrich the children's and the adult's lives educationally and give them a positive cultural exchange.
Erin Bill is 18 years old and from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is on a gap year before going on to study medicine in Glasgow, Scotland. She decided to come to Brazil to gain more experience in teaching children and to attempt to learn some Portuguese. She has really enjoys meeting new people and embracing a completely different culture as well
Julie Becker is a 21 year old from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She's been working in the project since November and has loved working with the kids and life in Rocinha! In January, Julie ran the summer camp program together with another volunteer for 5 weeks. In October she received her teaching degree and in August she's going back to university to study Social and Cultural Anthropology. Julie is in Rocinha because she loves working with kids, to learn more about the culture and to become a part of the way of life here.